7 days in Philadelphia & Switzerland Itinerary

7 days in Philadelphia & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia, United States
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Philadelphia, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia, United States

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Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, then explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then stroll through Longwood Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, then admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Philadelphia attractions planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Philadelphia International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Longwood Gardens
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Lion Monument) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and visit Old Town.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip planning site.

You can fly from Philadelphia to Zurich in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in August, with highs in Zurich at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding

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